Were excited to bring Pre to Canada with Bell Mobility, said Brodie Keast, senior vice president of marketing for Palm, Inc. Weve seen enormous interest from mobile operators worldwide and fully expect to continue to expand distribution for Pre, putting it within reach of more and more customers.
Palm webOS is invented exclusively for mobile use. Its the first mobile platform to automatically bring your information from the many places it resides on your phone, at work or on the web into one simple, integrated view.(1) The new Palm Pre and webOS are designed to be so in sync with your needs that it feels like Pre is thinking ahead for you.
Pre has a breakthrough user interface and hardware design that makes it the most integrated and user-friendly mobile phone. Featuring a smooth, rounded ergonomic design and a physical keyboard that slides out only when needed, Pre is engineered to feel natural in your hand and comfortably small in your pocket. When closed, Pre is ideal for phone calls, web browsing, music, photos and videos; when open, Pre is optimized for email and text messaging. It provides an exceptional experience for phone calls, whether held to your ear, over speakerphone or via Bluetooth. With its curved slider and gesture-controlled touch interface, Pre fuses exquisite design with the revolutionary webOS software for fast access to content on the device or web. Its an instinctive user experience that seems to anticipate your needs.
Bell is excited to be only the second carrier in the world to announce the 3G Pre, said Adel Bazerghi, senior vice president of Products for Bell Mobility. With the unique user experience of the worlds first webOS phone, running on the countrys largest 3G network, were confident that Canadians will embrace Pre as the phone for their lives today.
Your Life, Brought Together
Palm webOS introduces Palm Synergy, a key feature of the new platform that brings your information from all the places it resides into one logical view. You dont have to worry about tracking multiple calendars, contacts and messaging applications Synergy seems to think ahead to bring you a more comprehensive and truly representative view of your life.
Linked contacts With Synergy, you have a single view that links your contacts from a variety of sources, so accessing them is easier than ever. For example, if you have the same contact listed in your Outlook(2), Google and Facebook accounts, Synergy recognizes that theyre the same person and links the information, presenting it to you as one listing.
Layered calendars Your calendars can be seen on their own or layered together in a single view, combining work, family, friends, sports teams, or other interests. You can toggle to look at one calendar at a time, or see them all at a glance.
Combined messaging Synergy lets you see all your conversations with the same person in a chat-style view, even if it started in IM and you want to reply with text messaging. You can also see whos active in a buddy list right from contacts or email, and start a new conversation with just one touch.
Your Information, Effortlessly
By smartly integrating your information, webOS is designed to think ahead for you and keep you on top of the things that happen in your life, but thats just the first step. The platforms unique interface brings your information to you with the ease that only Palm can offer.
Run multiple applications at the same time Palms revolutionary webOS lets you manage multiple activities more effectively than any other mobile platform today. It lets you keep multiple activities open and move easily between them like flipping through a deck of cards. You can rearrange items simply by dragging them; when you are done with something, just throw it away by flicking it off the top of the screen. (3)
Web-connected applications Applications are seamlessly connected to the web and always active(3), ensuring you have the most up-to-date information.
Universal search Finding what you need is easy with universal search as you type what youre looking for, webOS narrows your search and offers results from both your device and the web.(4)
Intuitive and unobtrusive notifications When important things come up or new updates arrive, youll receive notifications with a diplomacy thats a radical departure from other mobile platforms. For example, if you receive a text message or email, a scrolling notifications bar at the bottom of your screen lets you address it right away or leave until later. webOS alerts are one step ahead, ensuring that you never miss a thing, but never lose your place or train of thought.
Palm Pre Features
- 3G EVDO Rev. A high-speed connectivity
- Integrated GPS(5)
- Large 3.1-inch touch screen with a vibrant 24-bit color 320x480 resolution HVGA display
- Gesture area, which enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
- Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- Email, including Outlook EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers), as well as personal email support (POP3, IMAP)
- Robust messaging support (IM, SMS and MMS capabilities) (3)
- High-performance, desktop-class web browser
- Great multimedia experience and performance (pictures, video playback, music), featuring a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash and extended depth of field, and a standard 3.5mm headset jack
- Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
- 8GB internal memory (~7GB user available)(6)
- USB mass storage mode
- MicroUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
- Proximity sensor, which automatically disables the touch screen and turns off the display whenever you put the phone up to your ear
- Light sensor, which dims the display if the ambient light is dark, such as at night or in a movie theater, to reduce power usage
- Accelerometer, which automatically orients web pages and photos to your perspective
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g(7)
- Ringer switch, which easily silences the device with one touch
- Removable, rechargeable battery
- Dimensions: 59.57mm (W) x 100.53mm (L, closed) x 16.95mm (D)
- Weight: ~135 grams
An array of compelling accessories also will be available for Pre, including the first inductive charging solution for phones (sold separately). Simply set Pre down on top of the elegantly designed Palm Touchstone charging dock without worrying about connection, orientation or fit. Pre is active while charging, so you can access the touch screen, watch movies or video, or use the speakerphone.
Availability and Pricing
Palm Pre is scheduled to be available in Canada exclusively from Bell Mobility in the second half of 2009. Bell Mobilitys pricing for the phone has not yet been determined.
Customers who would like to register to receive additional information about Pre and be notified when its available can register at www.palm.com/ca or Bell.ca/pre.